How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your Artwork
Beginner | 20 min 30 sec
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Having your artwork and photos professionally framed can be pricey—especially if you have several pieces to frame. In this class, Hilary Williams shows how to professionally mat and frame your artwork at home for a fraction of the price. You will learn how to mount and back artwork of any size and add a dust cover to finish it off. Whether you’re an artist with a collection of pieces that need to be framed, or you simply want to frame your favorite family photos, this class will show you exactly how simple it is to get a professional look at home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Artwork you’ll be framing (Hilary is framing an 8 ½” x 11” screen print)
  • Two pieces of matboard (Hilary uses 11” x 14” matboards to mat and back her artwork)
  • Frame to fit the size of your matboard
  • Mat cutter (Hilary uses a Logan Compact Mat Cutter; if you’re framing a standard size piece of work, precut mats can be purchased)
  • Ruler
  • Acid-free photo mounting squares
  • Framing hardware (hooks for hanging)
  • Framing wire
  • X-Acto blade or craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper towels and glass cleaner
  • Electronic cleaner (can of compressed air)
  • Roll of craft paper
Learn how to:
  • Cut a custom-size mat using a mat cutter
  • Mount your piece onto a mat and mat back
  • Properly clean dust from the inside of your frame before sealing in your work
  • Add a dust cover for a clean finish and to protect your piece
  • Add frame hooks and framing wire to hang your finished piece
What You'll Get: 
  • Detailed lesson on hot to mat and frame your artwork or favorite family photo
  • 3 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Hilary Williams
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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rosiland henderson
Always wanted to know how they made frame
October 19, 2022
Seva Waters
Clear and concise. Perfect lesson!
October 3, 2022
Cynthia Husek
excellent overview for how to professional frame your art
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